A prominent chamber musician, violinist Jennifer Choi has been a member of ensembles as diverse as the Miró String Quartet, ETHEL, Sirius Quartet, The Susie Ibarra Trio, and currently performs regularly with Either Or. She has performed for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Guggenheim Museum, MOMA, Ravinia Festival, Barge Music, Caramoor Music, and worldwide in both classical and chamber jazz settings.
Choi has charted a career that breaks through the conventional boundaries of solo violin, chamber music, and the art of creative improvisation. Recognized on multiple occasions by The New York Times as a performer that is “soulful, compelling… with brilliance, and command,” Choi brings her strong classical background to her dedication to pioneering new music and is regularly sighted in performances that stretch the limits of violin playing often calling for extended techniques, improvisation, and the use of electronics. For over a decade, she has been a frequent collaborator of John Zorn and has recorded twenty albums for Tzadik, of which half are on albums featuring Zorn’s solo and chamber music. She gave the world premiere of John Zorn’s first solo violin work, Goetia, the string quartet, Necronomicon, and various of his works for chamber orchestra.
Choi works in close collaboration with many composers and has given the U.S. premieres of Helmut Lachenmann’s Toccatina for solo violin, Jacob TV’s Cappriccio, Randall Woolf’s Holding Fast for violin and video, and Wadada Leo Smith’s violin concerto Afrikana 2 to name a few.